Art/Theater

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4:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Theater Talk: Mr. and Mrs. Claus come out, conquer Martians, and save Christmas during the Blitz

"It WAS a Wonderful Life" celebrates former famous Buffalonians at Forest Lawn.

Two versions of “A Christmas Carol,” one with Mike Randall at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center Theatre and one (32 years running!) at the Alleyway, continue as does “Miracle on South Division Street” by “Over the Tavern” playwright Tom Dudzick at the Roycroft Pavilion in East Aurora and “Jerry’s Girls” presented by O’Connell and Company at the Park School in Snyder.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Diverse theaters offer different takes on Christmas

David C. Mitchell as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Alleyway Theatre

With all of the theaters in the Buffalo area, is there competition for the same audience?  Not so, Anthony Chase tells Peter Hall. Each local theater has a niche market which it serves.  For example, the audiences for "A Christmas Carol" currently at the Alleyway Theatre (and it its 32nd production) will be looking for nostalgia and something for their kids.  Subversive Theatre's "The Guns of Christmas" at the Many Fried Playhouse is both a political statement and a moving portrayal of the horrors of war. And the BUA's "Santa Claus is Coming Out" at The Mainstreet Cabaret or "The Santaland Diaries" at the Road Less Traveled Theatre will appeal to yet a third kind of audience looking for something different.

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7:49 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Theater Talk: Santa comes out while Cinderella gets edgy

At the Manny Fried Playhouse "The Guns of Christmas"

"Cinderella" has dropped a lot of the 1950s schmaltz and with a new script by Douglas Carter Beane (and a great pair of shoes) this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical brings a lot of  sassy adult humor to Shea's Performing Arts Center,  but only through this Sunday, December 7th.  Down the block, BUA presents "Santa Claus is Coming Out," a story where Santa decides that, despite expectations, it's always better to do the right thing.  And across Main Street, for a little more edgy seasonal humor, Mark Sacco brings David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" to the stage at Road Less Traveled (sti

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Art/Theater
11:43 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Holiday shows 'Amahl,' 'Nutcracker,' 'Cinderella' and '4 Girls 4' will delight

4 Girls 4 comes to 710 Main Theatre on Wednesday

Menotti's opera for all ages - "Amahl and the Night Visitors" - features a new production at the Riviera Theatre this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The BPO and Neglia Ballet team up for Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" Saturday and Sunday at Shea's where Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" opens on Tuesday.  And on Wednesday, December 3rd, one night only at 710 Main Street, it's "4 Girls 4" with Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, and Faith Prince.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Theater Talk: Snow keeps audiences at home making soup

Even though snowfall in the actual theater district has been relatively light, half of the potential audience for shows is snowbound and under a travel ban which has led to a number of cancelations all week long.  We hope that this weekend has more shows up than dark. 

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Death of a Salesman' worth revisiting

"End Days," "The Homosexuals," and "My Life on a Diet" may be closing, but "Lombardi" just opened at 710 Main Street and one of the great American tragedies, Arthur Miller's 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning "Death of a Salesman," continues at the Irish Classical Theatre.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Theater Talk: Two American classics, 'Salesman' and 'Menagerie,' open tonight

Two American classics open tonight, Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" at the Irish Classical Theatre and Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" at the Lancaster Opera House, along with lighter fare including "Mamma Mia" at Shea's.

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Art/Theater
6:02 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

81 years young, Renee Taylor opens 'My Life on a Diet' at Shea's Smith Theatre

Actress Renee Taylor, known to millions as Fran Drescher’s overbearing (and overeating) mother on the TV series “The Nanny,” brings her one-woman show “My Life on a Diet” to Shea’s Smith Theatre from November 6th to the 16th. 

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Art/Theater
5:27 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Exhibit honors the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act

The exhibition "On Nature's Terms: Paintings by Thomas Paquette--Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act" remains on display through November 22 at the Quick Center for the Arts at Saint Bonaventure University. The short drive to the Southern Tier is dwarfed by the distances the artist traveled to complete the exhibition.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Theater group tackles same-sex issues in 'The Children’s Hour'

The Children's Hour performed by Buffalo Public Theatre.
Credit Photo from the Buffalo Public Theatre

A child's lie, that destroys the lives of two school teachers, is now being performed on at the New Phoenix Theatre. Buffalo Public Theatre is staging 'The Children's Hour.' It is adapted from the original 1934 play, tackling the topic of gay rights. WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with director Loraine O'Donnell, who explains how same-sex issues still transcend 80+ years later.

Art/Theater
6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Theater Talk: When young girls tell lies...

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" opens Thursday and Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" continues at The New Phoenix Theatre, two plays that delve into what chaos is caused when young girls tell adult lies. On a more upbeat note, "Ain't Misbehavin'" brings the music of Fats Waller to Musicalfare Theatre with a young, energetic cast.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Theater Talk: BPT's 'The Children's Hour;' BUA's 'The Homosexuals' open tonight

Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" from the 1930s is not a "modern" play, but in style harkens back to Henrik Ibsen's realist dramas.  With a controversial topic, a rumor of lesbianism at a girl's school, Buffalo Public Theatre opens tonight at The New Phoenix Theatre on Johnson Park.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Theater Talk: "Blood Type: Ragu" opens at the Smith

While the first round of plays for most theaters are winding down, and before the next cycle, there is still plenty of theater.  And coming up, "Ain't Misbehavin'" at Musicalfare and "The Children's Hour" at New Phoenix Theater, which offers a very intimate experience.  "Blood Type: Ragu" is at the Smith, and is all about growing up Italian.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Marian Seldes

The lights on Broadway dimmed for star of stage, film, radio and television, Marion Seldes, best known for her work in the plays of Edward Albee. Seldes died Monday at 86 after six decades of "ruling" Broadway with her regal presence. 

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Art/Theater
1:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Shea’s hits all-time record for season ticket sales

Shea's Performing Arts Center, Main Street, Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Shea’s Performing Arts Center has set an all-time record for season tickets sold at the downtown theater.  13,644 season tickets have been sold for the new season that kicks off this week.  That includes more than 2,950 new season tickets.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Theater Talk: 'All Quiet' tells a dark story with power and grace

Most of the Curtain Up! plays continue into October, including "All Quiet on the Western Front" at the New Phoenix Theater on Johnson Park in Buffalo, part of the international 100-year look back at World War I.  This sad story of young Germans who volunteer together is told with power and grace and is enhanced by the puppetry of Michele Costa.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen died last Saturday at the age of 84.
Credit Public Domain

Stage and screen star Polly Bergen passed away last Saturday at the age of 84. Nominated for a Golden Globe, a Tony, and multiple Emmy awards (she won for "The Helen Morgan Story"), she might be best remembered for her appearances on the television game show "To Tell the Truth."

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Art/Theater
6:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Glee star to kick off BPO Pops series

Matthew Morrison will open BPO Pops Concert Series

A pop culture celebrity from television and Broadway will open the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pops concert series this Saturday at Klenihans Music Hall.  Singer, actor and dancer Matthew Morrison -- one of the star's of "Glee" -- will make his debut with the BPO.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Morrison ahead of this weekend's Buffalo appearance.

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Art/Theater
11:20 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Revitalized downtown a boost for Curtain Up!

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Since several theaters have already opened up their schedules, tonight's Curtain Up! isn't truly the beginning of the theater season, but it will be a great party anyway.

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Art/Theater
7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Over the Tavern' is back for Curtain Up!

After 20 years, Buffalo playwright Tom Dudzik's "Over the Tavern" continues to delight audiences, this time at the Kavinoky Theater through October 5. Set in 1959, the story of 12 year-old Rudy who goes "knuckle to ruler" with his teacher, Sister Clarissa, has been tightened up a bit, but all of the familiar cultural references remain intact.

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Art/Theater
8:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

'Rob Ford The Musical' takes the stage in Toronto

Sheldon Bergstrom stars as Rob Ford in a musical about to hit the stage in Toronto.
Credit robfordmusical.ca

One of the most watched municipal election campaigns in North America is underway. Residents of Toronto vote next month and, already, it has been a political roller coaster. The main player in the drama is the subject of a new theatrical production that is about to hit the stage.

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Art/Theater
9:38 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Free admission offered for Museum Day

Mayor Byron Brown announced the creation of Museum Day Live! in the city of Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new initiative will allow the public to visit area museums and cultural institutions for free. The event called Museum Day Live! will take place on September 27.

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Art/Theater
9:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

With Market Arcade sale, Road Less Traveled needs new home

A local theater company will be pushed out of the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, with the city's sale of the multiple-screen and fiscally-troubled movie complex to Benchmark Group.

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Art/Theater
9:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Full houses expected for Curtain Up!

Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase will be the emcee at this year's Curtain Up! gala dinner at Shea's Performing Arts Center next Friday, September 19. While the dinner always sells out, the local theater productions themselves sell out even faster. 

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Art/Theater
8:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Theater Talk: Joan Rivers remembered

Millions have enjoyed the comedy of Joan Rivers for decades on television, but comedy was only intended to support her while she launched her Broadway career. Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Anthony Chase recalls seeing her on Broadway, as well as many local stages.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Theater Talk...or is it Theatre Talk?

On the eve of Labor Day, Peter and Anthony discuss the Astor Place Riot of 1849, which stemmed from a theatrical rivalry. 

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6:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Theater Talk: Fall delights at the Shaw Festival

Anyone who experienced Bruce Norris's riveting "Clybourne Park" at 710 Main Theatre, a Road Less Traveled production, will be interested to know that Norris's play "Qualms," currently in Chicago, continues the tradition of making audiences uncomfortable. 

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Art/Theater
1:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Torn Space Theater brings 'STOREHOUSE' to Silo City

Writer/director Dan Shanahan adds boxing to the many elements utilized in his production of "STONEHOUSE."
Credit Photo by Jay Moran/wbfo news

Accolades and large crowds accompanied "Motion Picture," the site-specific piece produced for Silo City in 2013 by Torn Space Theater. Producers hope to replicate that success this weekend with "STOREHOUSE."

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4:45 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Theater Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall

Twice this week, the lights on Broadway were dimmed, a custom that honors the passing of a major star. Though best known for their work in film, Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams had strong ties to the stage. Anthony Chase and Peter Hall discuss their contributions in this week's Theater Talk.

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6:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Theater Talk: Chita Rivera, still a star at 81

On this week's Theater Talk, Anthony and new co-host Peter Hall talk about the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Anthony says the audience was so moved by legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera's dancing that many openly wept. Also, it looks like Kander and Ebb's final musical The Visit might make it to Broadway after 11 years.

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